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Crepis foetida L. subsp. foetida Family Asteraceae
Common name: Stinking Hawksbeard

Crepis foetida subsp. foetida L. APNI*

Synonyms: Crepis foetida subsp. vulgaris (Bisch.) Babc. APNI*

Description: Annual or biennial herb, 10–50 cm high; stems branched, glandular-pubescent.

Basal leaves usually forming a rosette, ± oblanceolate in outline, 4–13 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex obtuse to acute, margins toothed to runcinate-pinnatisect, ± pubescent; cauline leaves oblanceolate to lanceolate, becoming reduced up stem.

Heads turbinate, 10–15 mm diam., 1–3, terminal on each branch; involucral bracts narrow-lanceolate, with dense glandular and finer non-glandular hairs; receptacle with margins of pits ciliate. Corolla yellow, with red stripe on outer face of ligule.

Achenes fusiform, scabrous; the outer 7–9 mm long, beakless or shortly beaked; inner achenes 12–17 mm long, with a beak 6–10 mm long; pappus 2 rows of simple white hairs, 5–7 mm long.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Weed of roadsides and disturbed areas, south from Sydney. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *CWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A. *W.A.
AVH map***

Readily identified by the extremely long beaks of the central achenes. They exceed the involucral bracts at maturity.

The single subspecies in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.

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